Mastering Black & White Photographic Seminar with Michael Eleftheriades, Sunday, December 1st

Mastering Black & White
A Photographic Seminar by Michael Eleftheriades
Sunday, December 1st
Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX


Mastering Black & White

From the earliest photographs to Henri Cartier Bresson’s decisive moments, Robert Capa’s grainy pictures of the Normandy landings, Robert Doisneau’s Paris kiss and Ansel Adams’ Yosemite photographs, we have been captivated by black and white. With the onset of colour film and today’s incredible sensor technology, black and white still remains as popular as ever.

In this seminar, Michael Eleftheriades will be exploring what makes a successful B&W photograph and when to shoot in monochrome; he will also be demonstrating the different ways to successfully convert your colour images using Photoshop and Lightroom. Finally, he will look at the best printing practice for maximum impact of your images.

Attendees of all skill levels are welcome but please note that basic knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom would be beneficial. Slide notes will be sent to all attendees before the seminar. The event will end with a prize draw to win great prizes.

Event Agenda

Why Black & White?

The Old Masters

The association with Street Photography

When to shoot Monochrome

Comparing Colour with B&W

Exposure, Grain & Vignetting

Shooting Considerations

Light & Contrast

Understanding the Histogram

Using Colour and ND Filters

Exposure & Metering

Shooting with Picture Controls

Converting RAW files in-camera

HDR & Exposure Blending

B&W Conversion in software

Lightroom Conversion

Photoshop Channel Mixer and B&W Adjustments

Adding Grain & Soft Focus effects

Conversion using Adobe Camera RAW

Selective Colour Technique

Monotone, Duotone, Tritone & Quadtone Conversion

Advanced Photoshop Techniques

B&W Plug-ins

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro

Nik Software Color Efex Pro

Printing in B&W

Suitable printers

Monitor & Printer Profiling

Choosing the ideal Print Settings

Paper Choice, Matt or Glossy


How to Book

The seminar will be held in central London at Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX and will take place from 2.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.. A 30-minute period for Q&A will follow at the end of the seminar. The cost of the session will be £155 with a special price of £95 if you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber, and includes afternoon tea. To book, please email your full name, address, daytime mobile and landline to Gillian Greenwood at: or

If you are a current Nikon Owner subscriber, add your user-name/ subscription number to the email. There are limited places available, so do book as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you are not currently a Nikon Owner subscriber, would you be kind enough to make a note of this in your email – in order to receive the discount, you will be able to join or re-join Nikon Owner when we call you to formalise the booking.

Please note that it is essential that you reply by email rather than by telephone.

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Attendees’ Comments

“Excellent.” RN

“Wonderful Sunday afternoon.” TC

“Well worth the time. Lots of material covered. Fired up my interest in B&W.” CB

“Good balance between capturing the image and post-production processing, thank-you!” RW

“A very good seminar which gave me a new angle on developing B&W photography. Up to the usual high standards of your workshops.” PWS

About Michael Eleftheriades

A Nikon Owner subscriber since 2002, Michael is an architect and photographer who fuses his particular passion for architecture, virtual reality, computer graphics and photography in the creation of large-scale panoramic imagery. He has exhibited his photographs at three exhibitions in London and lectured on panoramic creation to wide acclaim in the UK, Europe and the United States. When not photographing, Michael directs the efforts of Media Synthesis, a media development and consultancy company established in 1993, and is responsible for virtual reality tours and interactive exhibits at many of the UK’s leading museums, including the Maritime and Natural History Museums. Michael also created the virtual tour for Grays of Westminster and has been the Nikon Owner London Group Coordinator for the last four years.

How to reach the venue

Travelling to Fitzroy House, 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX: the nearest underground station is Warren Street, but please do make sure that it is open – it is occasionally closed on a Sunday – if so, Goodge Street station is a good option.

About Nikon Owner


Standard Annual Subscription – normal price: £69; special price: £59 while registering for this event

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  • Nikon Owner magazine, a superb, glossy full-colour 60-page quarterly magazine that is 100% Nikon. Each issue delivers benchmark technical reviews of the very latest Nikon equipment, thought-provoking interviews and articles with world-class images.
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  • 10% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Discounts on events and training sessions

Gold subscription – special price: £290 when registering for this event

  • 3-year subscription to Nikon Owner
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Gold Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases (top of the waiting list)
  • A half-hour tutorial on the phone or face to face, by appointment
  • A signed copy of Heather Angel’s Wild Kew while stocks last or a Simon Stafford Nikon Magic Lantern Guide of your choice.
  • Nikon Owner quarterly magazine as above
  • Private user-name and password to the subscribers-only website which includes a forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events page and use of a photo gallery
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 15% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Substantial discounts on training sessions organised by Grays of Westminster, including Mike Maloney’s Workshops, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Training Sessions, Michael Eleftheriades’ panoramic and colour-calibration seminars and Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses.

Cancellation policy:
Please note that once you have booked a place on any workshop or seminar, a full refund or a credit towards a future course can only be provided when you give us 7 days prior notice of cancelling your place.

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